No one can blame a person if he starts out in life poor, because how one starts out is not his fault. If he stays poor, he is to blame because it is his fault. Avoiding long-term poverty is not rocket science. First, graduate from high school. Second, get married before you have children, and stay married. Third, work at any kind of job, even one that starts out paying the minimum wage. And finally, avoid engaging in criminal behavior.
Here’s an actual business case, a true story about an acquaintance of mine and her entrepreneurship and success in the competitive arena of women’s decorative gear — an account of income changes that occurred in her expanding enterprise that might add some insight and economic realism to the growing and increasingly heated debate about income inequality.